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Holiday Decorations Used to Trigger Me, but Here's How I Made Peace With the Holiday Season

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I love the holidays, but for a couple of years, the holiday season found me constantly holding my breath. The twinkling holiday lights and fragrant wreaths that left most others nostalgic for holidays seasons past took me back as well — to a far darker time when every day felt like a fight to survive.

I couldn’t possibly comprehend why the sight of holiday décor left my heart racing and my breath tangled in my chest, but eventually, the reason for my strong physiological reactions became all too clear.

Five years ago, I was a recent college graduate who had spent four months job hunting — to no avail. I had grown weary of applying to position after position, stumbling my way through interviews and wondering if anyone would ever hire me.

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